Is this the end of corruption and impunity?

For the first time in Mexican history, a former cabinet minister was taken into custody

Is this the end of corruption and impunity?
Corruption and impunity have plagued Mexico for decades - Photo: Lucia Godínez/EL UNIVERSAL
English 14/08/2019 09:11 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:24
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In recent years, corruption and impunity have become an important issue for the national agenda. The social clamor that demands the eradication of these two crimes is one of the factors behind López Obrador's electoral win.

In this context, for the first time in Mexican history, a former cabinet minister was summoned to appear before a judge to determine where responsibility lies in a case of improper performance of duties since Rosario Robles was accused of negligence before the diversion of resources. While the legal process takes place, she will remain in custody but no matter what the outcome is, it can't be affirmed that as a result of this case, the fight against corruption and impunity is one the right track because taking legal action against the diversion of public resources and those who perpetrated the crime is the right decision but that is not enough to eradicate corruption.

What the Mexican government requires is a structure to prevent corruption and impunity. The creation of a National Anti-Corruption System is still an unfinished project launched by the previous administration yet the current administration doesn't seem interested in completing the process.

The current administration has to hinder the commission of crimes through strategies such as supervision, evaluation, and accountability. The more transparency there is, the fewer crimes will be perpetrated. The Supreme Audit Office has played an essential role in this strategy and it deserves to be consolidated.

In regards to impunity, its eradication is necessary to end corruption and for Mexico to move towards the decrease of insecurity; achieving this is only one case is not enough. The impunity rates in the country have reached over 90%, therefore, thousands of crimes aren't punished, which represents an incentive for criminals.

For the first time, one of the most serious accusations against the previous administration is being investigated, nevertheless, these procedures should be the rule and not the exception. For example, the Odebrecht case put dozens of former Presidents and high-ranking officials in the dock and shocked Latin American countries but in Mexico, the case was ignored for years.

Taking legal action against corrupt officials should be only the tip of the iceberg and should be followed by other actions. This should become an opportunity to eradicate corruption and to enforce the rule of law, despite sympathies and political ideologies.


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